Become a Master Recycler

Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter.

Master Recycler/Composters are trained on waste prevention, recycling and composting through an extensive six week course that features industry experts and field trips to local waste processing and recycling facilities.

Once training is complete, participants commit to volunteer 30 hours. Volunteer activities include staffing booths at events and designing and implementing waste reduction and recycling projects. When the 30 hour commitment is fulfilled, participants are certified master recycler and composters and encouraged to continue volunteer service.

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Course topics, schedule and registration

As a Master Recycler/Composter, you will inspire others in your community to reduce waste, recycle more and compost. You will also meet others who are excited about waste reduction, gain knowledge from experts, get experience working in the field and have the satisfaction of having an impact on these important issues.

Course topics

  • Waste prevention
  • Recycling processes
  • Household hazardous waste and alternatives
  • Organics recycling and home composting
  • Zero-waste events
  • Public engagement and the motivating behavior change

Classes are taught by professionals from the public and private sector who are working on innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

Course graduates agree to volunteer 30 hours putting their skills to work to help others learn the three Rs: reduce the amount of natural resources used, reuse material and recycle what cannot be salvaged.

Spring 2020 course postponed

In an effort to prioritize the health and safety of our residents, we are postponing the spring 2020 Master Recycler/Composter course, which typically beings in April. New dates are yet to be determined. Complete the form below to be notified about future Master Recycler/Composter courses. 


The course costs $30 and includes all course materials. A limited number of waivers are available on a demonstrated need basis.


Registration for Master Recycler/Composter courses is currently closed. Complete the form below to be notified of future classes.

Registration policy

The class is limited to 30 participants. Applications will be accepted until the class is full, and applications will be processed in the order they are received. The $30 charge is not due until you receive notification that your application has been accepted.

Applicants that apply after the class is full will be placed on a waiting list and notified when the next course is scheduled.

Notification of future classes

If you cannot make the fall class, complete the form below to be notified of future classes.

Unexpected absences policy

Attendance is required at all six weeknight classes; however, we understand that unexpected situations may arise that prevent you from attending class. Please let the program coordinator know if you are going to miss a class.

If you miss two or more classes, you will be dropped from the class with an opportunity to participate in a later training session if space allows.

Get help from a Master Recycler/Composter

If you have a project or event that could use Master Recycler/Composter volunteers, email Kaitlin Steinberg at or 612-348-6846.

Applicable volunteer opportunities for Master Recycler/Composters include designing and implementing waste reduction and recycling plans, staffing booths at events, and creating educational resources and displays.

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Get notified of future Master Recycler/Composter classes

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